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Before Harry Potter, 'muggle' meant marijuana | Seattle's Big Blog

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You might be surprised to read in a 1931 issue of TIME magazine that prison authorities found “muggle-smuggling a perplexing problem.”

Huh? They were smuggling non-magical muggles?

It’s not what you think.

The Atlantic Wire explains:

The term has been fair game ever since the Oxford English Dictionary added it back in 2003. (Harry Potter author JK) Rowling says she fashioned the word as a play on the British slang “mug” or “an easily fooled person.”

That makes sense, but the fact is the term was in use much earlier, beginning with the New Orleans jazz crowd, as a term for a marijuana cigarette.

Read the rest here: “Before Harry Potter, ‘muggles’ meant pot.”

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Latest Harry Potter Site News

Daniel Radcliffe: Potter is modern Star Wars
(Cover) – EN Movies – Daniel Radcliffe thinks the Harry Potter series and Star Wars has a lot in common. Daniel plays the leading role in the film series adapted from JK Rowling's incredibly successful Harry Potter children's books.
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JK Rowling's Pottermore Project Lives Up To Hype
I'll be joining in too, because I'll be sharing additional information I've been hoarding for years about the world of 'Harry Potter.'” The video also revealed that the site would launch Oct. 1, and that there would be a chance to beta test the site
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Scholastic narrows Q1 losses, stands by full year outlook
The New York-based company's Children's Book Publishing and Distribution division posted total revenues of $ 77.3 million, a 6% increase year-over-year, as trade sales improved 10%, driven by 'The Hunger Games' trilogy and the 'Harry Potter' series.
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Avatar theme park to be built at Disney Parks
by Liam on September 21, 2011 · 0 comments Harry Potter, Jaws, Jurassic Park and King Kong have all made the leap from the big screen to entertaining tourists as theme park attractions, and it was just announced that Avatar will be solidifying itself
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Harry Potter Costume Accessories

The Harry Potter Series of JK Rowling was a big hit among even prior to the release of the movies, but the convention of the books into films helped the popularity reach a new level. The latest film released in 2009 and you know that you’re going to witness many Harrys, Rons and Herminoes in this Halloween.

A few special Harry Potter costume accessories assist your outfit to appear much more real. You will find some accessories, which are official and some may be added from your personal collections although you design your Harry Potter costume.

* Harry Potter Glasses: These round glasses are essential for this look.
* Gryffindor Scarf: The members within the house of Gryffindor wear this scarf.


* Harry Potter Wand: The wizard is incomplete without the wand.
* Harry Potter Broom: The certified Harry Potter broom is an important part with the outfit.
* Student Hat: The students at Hogwarts should put on their pointy hats.

Make Your Personal Harry Potter Halloween Costume

With all of the right Harry Potter costume accessories, you are able to create your own costume. You might have an concept of making a self-designed Harry Potter Halloween Costume, it’s an easy task to make young girls and boys look similar towards the popular characters. You might require a black dressing gown or a cover. In fact, for beginners even an old graduation dress will probably be perfect. After this, you require a hat, which is comparable to that of the magicians and a stick comparable towards the magic wands. This will assist you fulfill the requirements with the accessories needed for the costumes.

To be able to get the identical Harry Potter appear, you first need a circle shaped glasses, with out which the look is considered as incomplete. Then, you might add the particular sparking bolt scar, this primary style of costume might be followed to replicate various pivotal figures from the series.

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Harry Potter World Premiere Tickets Up For Grabs

Fans of the Harry Potter series have been waiting long for the World Premiere of next installment of Harry Potter series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows”. For die-hard fans of Harry Potter, there are plenty of familiar ingredients: flashes of humor and gothic horror; they can usually associate with. So, after a few months of waiting, the full excitement; World Premiere of Harry Potter is here, and it is wonderful. Amazingly, in recent years, no one has ever called our attention like Harry Potter. Author JK Rowling has created a magical land of witches and wizards that appeal to all.

Not only do her novels keep us glued, the successful interpretation of her works onto the movie screen has brought her magical world alive for young and old alike. The familiar themes of in troubled times, coupled with the fantasy, allows us to escape to another world for a little while. That’s the majestic appeal of this great movie.

Starring: Emmy Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, et al. The movie “Harry Potter” read like this- Voldemort’s power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for them, so everything they do must go as planned. The Harry Potter premiere is going to be quite good, and this is a film that looks like it could be box office gold for theaters this season.

Fans will also notice some big things entering into this grand eventan overwhelming experience watching your favorite celebrities walking down the red carpet. It is exhilarating to see the first great glimpses of the movie that has been around for so long. There is no way the World Premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” can leave you unsatisfied.

If you are really excited about this upcoming event, there are some common platform and help for big events like this because of their high population and fame. Once you find out someone that can arrange the tickets to the best, you are halfway there already. There are many companies awarding tickets to the event on a first-come first-serve basis to people who arrived at a certain time. If you miss drawings like this, don’t despair. There are still steps they can offer you to get in.

You would be amazed how far you can get just by being in the right place at the right time. If you really want to attend this special event, don’t miss out just because you think you can’t get in. In many cases, you can find watching the World Premiere of “Harry Potter” is about the best you can get.

George Olson is a freelance writer who actively attends American Music Awards, WORLD PREMIERE of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and other big events. Suggests you to book your 2010 “Burlesque” Premiere & Party Tickets from the Vipconcierge.

Is Pottermore The Future Of Publishing? (Mediapost 7.6.11)

I, like much of the world, suspected that we hadn’t heard the end of Harry Potter, but I, like much of the world, didn’t exactly see what was coming next .  JK Rowling continues to be a genius by surprising her readers, and the world in general, with her recent announcement of Pottermore.

Pottermore is basically a virtual world of publishing where readers will be able to read new and previously unreleased material set in the world of Harry Potter.  It will consist of back-stories for characters, locations and other assorted tidbits of knowledge that will keep her readers bathed in the Hogwarts glow for many years to come.  In creating this masterpiece she does three things.  First of all, she satisfies the almost insane, obsessive curiosity of her fans pining to read more of her world of wizards and magic, which she so eloquently created.  Second, she is setting the stage for what could easily become the foundation for publishing for the next 50 years.  Third, she guarantees monthly revenue for herself until her grandkids’ grandkids start having kids of their own (not that she really needs it)!

The focus for me is the impact on publishing.  Many authors have turned to the web to create content.  Some have looked to the area of virtual worlds, while some have looked to video and other avenues, but all of them felt stale and/or forced.   What Rowling is doing is using digital purely as a tool for distribution of background and extended work, basically replacing the existing publishing system, while maintaining control of all her own material.   Its brilliant when you think about it; she can always package the work up into a book later, and she can leak it out slowly over time, monetizing it however she so chooses.  If I were George Lucas, I’d be keeping a close eye on what Potter fans will be seeing as this is a model that Star Wars could, and should, likely emulate!

Of course, if JK Rowling decides to partner with Radiohead, then all of the entertainment world will be standing on its toes!  Both Radiohead and JK Rowling are trying new ways to distribute their work directly to fans and maintain control over their product.  Both are laying the groundwork so that others can emulate, and both are having strong success in doing so!

Not every author will be able to pursue this model, but many of the most successful franchises certainly can.  The Twilight series is an obvious opportunity to emulate this model, and even the “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series if you tap into the character back-stories and tangentially related offshoots of the books. 

What I also find interesting is that as of now, Pottermore is primarily a free site, and it will encourage fan participation.  How will this turn into revenue?  My guess is a simple 3-tiered model of advertising, merchandising and publishing.  She can package up new material for collectors whenever she wants, even on –demand.  She can integrate advertising or marketing into the world, with many brands being willing to pay a pretty penny to be integrated into that world and the eyes of her loyal readers.  She can also merchandise her world to her heart’s content.  Those pages of Potter-related products in the Air Mall magazine are just the beginning!

Ms. Rowling may not be releasing everything she intends to do as of yet, but she’s a smart cookie.  She has a plan, and much like the rest of her stories, she won’t tip her hand too early.  I look forward to Pottermore and the untold stories that will be laid out on front of me!

J.K. Rowling Announces Pottermore! Visit pottermore.com!

Sign up at pottermore.com to get a confirmation to join as soon as it opens by the end of July!
I am so excited about this, like you cannot imagine!

Latest Harry Potter Quiz News

Anxiously awaiting admission to Pottermore
This is all due to the hype surrounding Pottermore, the new Harry Potter website. A few weeks ago, I went on Pottermore in the middle of the night to become one of the million people to get an early access account before the website opens to all in
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Testing the premise of Nothing Trivial
How many films are there in the Harry Potter film franchise? My teammates and I were talking about Harry Potter right before we headed out the door – my buddy James has never read the books or seen any of the films, while I've only seen the first movie
Read more on Stuff.co.nz (blog)

An Insider's Look into Pottermore
It is perhaps the most anticipated moment for all Harry Potter fans. The Sorting Hat contains thousands of questions (seven of them are picked at random for the quiz) created by JK Rowling herself to determine a student's true Hogwarts House.
Read more on Tiger Newspaper

Did you knew what The Dark Lords boggart was?

Question by GIR is the half-blood prince φ ∞: Did you knew what The Dark Lords boggart was?
His own corpse, a prefigurement of his fear of Death?

Dont you think the whole “Tom Marvolo Riddle -> I am Lord Voldemort” thing he does in the Chamber of the secrets thing is awesome?

Best answer:

Answer by .Nicoleee
Yes, it is very ingenious. JK Rowling is a very inventive and smart author.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Expert Reveals How Authors Will Benefit From The Death of Harry Potter

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) July 24, 2007

New ideas for authors at http://pottermarketing.blogspot.com (Marketing Secrets of Harry Potter Marketing) can now help book authors turn their books best sellers using the marketing magic of the Harry Potter series. The updated Web Site now shares tips and suggestions for authors that hope to emulate the Success of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

“It’s easy for authors to copy the techniques Harry Potter and the marketing machine that turns out hit after hit,” said Warren Whitlock, Book Marketing Strategist. “Long after the Potter series dies, we will be telling our authors how these tactics can make a book stand out among the hundreds released each day. BestSellerAuthors.com trains authors to emulate the innovative promotional tactics used by Scholastic”

The latest Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” debuts and will set new records for book sales. The sales numbers and mania are widely reported, but Whitlock’s blog “Marketing Secrets of Harry Potter” goes beyond the numbers and looks at dozens of ways that other authors can take as inspiration for planning their own best seller book campaign.

These book marketing strategies can be used by new and existing authors to create more best selling books. Whitlock’s promotions create best sellers and lead generating marketing strategies to turn authors into better known experts on their topics. His daily blog and newsletters reach thousands of authors.

Whitlock’s company also host http://ZeroCostPromotions.com , a free web site that allows authors and business owners a chance to participate in his ongoing “best seller” promotions and receive free leads, new subscribers and ongoing instruction about building an online mailing list.

For more information on Warren Whitlock and best selling book marketing strategies, go to http://BestSellerAuthors.com (Book Marketing web site)


Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Review

THE POTTER mania is back again, what with David Yates and JK Rowling having to offer the last movie of the Potter series. The review of the movie is great, as per critics, as the cinematography is perfectly in place with the latest technology in Hollywood. If not a Potter fan, a person who loves watching real magic created in front of the camera should definitely watch this weekend’s most awaited film ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’.

The darkest part of the Potter series is also the shortest part. It finishes in 2 hours and 10 minutes but the tone of the film is just right. The last part ending at the death of Dobby (the house Elf) this part takes off from there and keeps the audience at their seats end. The tone of the film moves up and down with the fate of the protagonist.

The larger than life characters created by Rowling are showcased in the silver screen in their true avatar.
Audiences would not only love the virtuous Harry, brave Ron, intelligent Hermoine but they would also fall in love with the almost mad bellatrix, the control freak Snape and the vicious Voldemort.

Although at times the film appears dim but that adds to the gloomy feel. The audiences would really submerge in the world where everything is wrong and Harry is their only hope.

Coming a full circle, Harry ends his journey in Hogwarts (the place that gave him his individuality) and duels with the greatest lord of Non Muggle world. To say more would really be not fair to the audiences as this movie is surely a visual treat, with the duel scenes creating magic on screen. To watch it in 3D adds to the magic.

The actors have done their very best and we see all them matured and ready to face the world. For the Potter fans this movie would again be nostalgic as they would experience the bittersweet ending of the world of Harry Potter.

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